Turkey's Erdogan condemns New Zealand mosque attack

Turkey's Erdogan condemns New Zealand mosque attack

At least 49 people are confirmed dead and more than 40 wounded after attacks at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

Two other people arrested are yet to be charged. "I guess if you look at what happened in New Zealand perhaps that's a case, I don't know enough about it yet".

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.

By the time the rampage was over, the gunman had killed 41 people.

"I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11", Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan posted on social media.


Tarrant's relatives in the Australian town of Grafton, in New South Wales, contacted police after learning of the shooting and were helping with the investigation, authorities said.

"The right wing in this country needs to be held accountable for it... because the truth of the matter is that if this was somebody Muslim that engaged in this kind of tragedy, we would've had all kinds of finger pointing, and things written by some of the worst people on the planet that we were supposed to take into consideration", Jenkins told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Friday. The killer mockingly told the victims to "subscribe to PewDiePie" and now, the famous YouTuber is addressing the news about it. "He was the youngest in the family". (God is Greatest) after Friday prayers.

The video footage, posted live online as the attack unfolded, showed a man driving to the mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside. One of the women told Xinhua "No matter what cultural backgrounds, races or religions you are from, we are absolutely together". The attacks killed 49 people and injured 42 others, of those injured, several remain in critical condition.

Police later said one of the arrests didn't relate to the shootings.

The suspected gunman got a "category A" firearms license in 2017, and began stockpiling weapons legally at that point, Ardern told reporters on Saturday. Marie said that both were shot in the attack Friday at Christchurch's Linwood Islamic center. "He is traumatized, but we are all alive". Scheer said he was only there to support the energy workers, not the "other elements that tried to associate themselves with the event".


Reflecting on the recent mass shootings that took place at two mosques in New Zealand, Daryle Lamont Jenkins, executive director of the anti-fascist organization One People's Project, told Sputnik that the USA right wing "needs to be held accountable" for the attack. If the shooting had started mid-prayer, he said, he thinks the death toll would have been higher. Her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, said: "When people are murdered exclusively due to their religion, this is an attack on us all".

"As a Member of our Pacific community, we stand with you shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart in this hard time coming to grips with what has happened".

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", Ardern said earlier on Friday, noting that numerous victims could be migrants or refugees. "It must have been an automatic - no one could pull a trigger that quick", the man, who did not wish to be named, said.

The family had fled the civil war in Syria in search of "a safe haven, only to be killed here", he said.

Unlike in the United States, where calls for greater gun control after mass shootings are often met by deaf ears when it comes to federal regulation, three mass shootings - only one of which happened in New Zealand - prompted legislative changes.


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